The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur made it clear on Thursday that they would not rush to any decision regarding the controversial IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman’s fate amid calls for his ouster, terming him a mere “employee and not a decision maker”.
“There is no verdict against him (Raman). There is an enquiry going on. See when we took over, there was an enquiry against these two teams (CSK and RR) as well. We have waited for the Lodha Committee to come out with their verdict. Now once they have come out with their verdict, we categorically decided to implement it in toto. Why do you want us to hush up, rush up and say that we want to take this decision against this gentleman,” Thakur said when asked why Raman was still not suspended.
Contrary to earlier regime when Raman was perceived to be one of the most powerful figures in the Board, Thakur categorically stated that Raman is merely “an employee”.
“Sundar Raman is an employee of the Board and he does not have that say to be a decision maker in the Board. See, it is the IPL Governing Council which takes the decision and not the employees. It is the members who take decisions. They (employees) implement the decision which we take.”
Thakur also reiterated IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla’s stand that the Board would wait for working group’s report before taking any further decision about possible options regarding the two suspended franchises and their players.
“First of all, teams are not suspended. We have formed a working group which will give us a report. We have to look at the steps of running a successful Season 9 of IPL as well as ensure that there should not be any conflict of interest,” the secretary said.